Volvo has a longstanding reputation for top-notch occupant protection and top-notch safety equipment, and for the most part the C30 lives up to that.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, gives the C30 its highest rating of "Good" for frontal offset, side-impact, and rear crashes, as well as roof strength. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't rated the current C30.
The 2013 Volvo C30 includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, front and side airbags, and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors. There's also the Intelligent Driver Information System (IDIS), which monitors the car's maneuvers and may choose to delay certain functions to prevent driver distraction--an incoming phone call, for instance. Optional equipment that's unusual among compact hatchbacks includes both a lane-departure warning system and a rear-obstacle detection system.